8:15 – 8:45 a.m.: On-site check-in
8:30 a.m.: Players’ Meeting
9:00 a.m.: Round 1
10:00 a.m.: Round 2
11:00 a.m.: Round 3
11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.: Lunch Break
12:30 p.m.: Round 4
1:30 p.m.: Round 5
2:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony
Saturday, October 14th: October Chesstravaganza!
Four divisions: K-2, K-5, K-8 (USCF rated), and Open (USCF rated)
Don’t miss out on our first exciting tournament of the school year! PALS tournaments are kid-friendly, tons of fun, and a great way to motivate your child to improve in chess while making new friends and learning valuable chess and life lessons.
We are excited to announce the addition of a USCF-rated Open section. Players of all ages and levels are welcome and encouraged to play in this division, including parents and grandparents for an intergenerational challenge!
In addition to the tournament games, participants may enjoy a giant outdoor chess set, a playground where children can play outside between rounds, and as always, trophies and medals for ALL. Every child leaves with an award and most importantly, a smile. See online registration form for more details.
PALS Chess Academy returns with a fantastic array of trophies or medals for ALL participants! These include large trophies for the top ten and large medals for the top 20 in each section. Unique prizes include the Chess Queen Trophies awarded to the girls who score the most points in each section, the David vs Goliath trophy to the player in the youngest grade who scores the most points in each section, outstanding sportsmanship medals, fighting spirit medals, and more!
In the Open section, 90% of the entry fee money will be paid out as prizes (PALS awards the highest prize fund in the entire state!)
The lunch break is between rounds 3 and 4 from around 11:30 (or whenever your child’s third round game ends) until 12:25, five minutes before the start of the fourth round. There are plenty of restaurants in the area, and players may also bring a packed lunch to the tournament.